Fiji Airways will lease two Airbus A350-900s from DAE Capital that will be used to enhance its services between Fiji, Australia and the United States.
The airline will take delivery of the two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered jets in November and December this year.
Cirium’s Fleets Analyzer shows that DAE Capital does not hold any outstanding orders for A350s, signalling that the aircraft may have been acquired from another Airbus customer.
“We are extremely pleased with this selection and proud of the confirmed arrangements with Dubai DAE Capital as the lessor, and Rolls-Royce as the engine supplier,” says chief executive Andre Viljoen.
“Our teams are currently customising the aircraft to our specifications, including our world renowned livery and designs which proudly represent the people of Fiji.”
The airline says that the A350s will have 33 Collins Aerospace Super Diamond lie-flat business class seats, and 301 Recaro CL3710 seats. The jets will also feature Thales’ Avant in-flight entertainment system and wi-fi connectivity.
The A350s will join Fiji Airways’ existing widebody fleet of six A330s. Airbus notes that there is a common type rating for pilots between the A330 and A350, meaning the carrier’s widebody crew will only be required to undertake differences training.